A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bath
ALFRESCO SUMMER | MILSOM PLACE IN AUGUST
Delicious dining, stylish retailers and exclusive exhibitions
Explore Milsom Place’s characterful courtyards and walkways to discover some of the best alfresco dining spots in the city alongside stylish retailers and exclusive art installations.
Start your day with a hot yoga class or hair and beauty session, then relax in the summer sunshine at one of the enticing eateries and select from a wide choice of delectable dishes from around the world (or venture back to the recently reopened Beneath cocktail bar!). Alternatively, for those in need of retail therapy, browse high summer womenswear collections in-store alongside elegant homewares and fresh flowers.
Throughout August, explore the magical "A Midsummer Night's Dream" window scene featuring a variety of iconic characters and nearby enjoy artist Marian Hill’s wonderful display of colourful illustrations depicting Britain's amazingly diverse insects.
For opening times and information on shops, restaurants and special events/offers please visit:milsomplace.co.uk and follow their social feeds for all the latest news.
OUR AUGUST ISSUE – OUT NOW
Our August magazine features a collection of great reading by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bath's best businesses. We really hope you'll enjoy the read!
Every month we deliver 15,000 copies door to door, but if you don't get a copy at home then you can pick up a copy at many places around town and from our floor stands at: Waitrose, Sainsbury [Green Park], M&S Foods in Twerton, Tesco in Weston Village, and at The Holburne Museum.
And if you would like to have a copy sent in the post every month, then we offer a postal subscription for just £33 for 12 issues, £18 for six issues or buy a copy for just £3.95. UK mainland prices. For Euro and World zone subscription prices – see our website.
Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes with Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce
… or indeed, Knickerbocker Glory, or Peach Melba, or Banana Splits? Once you've mastered the art of making the easiest ever vanilla ice cream to serve with your sublime Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce (and honestly, there's very little art to making either – you just have to get going on the ice cream the day before you plan on eating it), you're going to want to flaunt your ice cream maestro credentials at every opportunity from now until – well, until the sun sets on British Summer Time.
Okay, what with condensed and evaporated milk, full fat crème fraîche (and yes, I'm afraid it does need to be full fat) and chocolate on the shopping list, this recipe isn't going to win any clean living/healthy eating awards any time soon. So, proceed with caution... and make the most of treat days.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
For the Ice Cream: 570ml condensed milk 400ml full fat crème fraîche 275ml single cream 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce: 1 x 170g tin evaporated milk 225g dark chocolate
To serve: Whipped cream; glacé cherries; chopped mixed nuts (optional)
1. In a large bowl, whisk the condensed milk, cream, crème fraîche and vanilla extract together until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a polythene freezer box and freeze for around 2 hours, or until the edges are just starting to freeze. Remove from the freezer, transfer back into the large bowl and whisk again to break down any ice crystals. Freeze the mixture for a further 3 hours, then repeat the whisking process. Return the ice cream to the freezer for a further 6-8 hours, by which time it should be at serving consistency (note: if you're making the ice cream in advance or wish to store half an unused tub, transfer it to the fridge for 30 minutes prior to serving, or until soft enough to scoop.)
2. To make the Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce (which you need to do around 10 minutes before serving your Sundaes): pour the evaporated milk into a small, heatproof bowl and add the dark chocolate, broken up into pieces. Place the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water) and allow the chocolate to melt very slowly, stirring from time to time for around 10 minutes until you have created a thick, fudgy sauce.
3. To create the Sundaes, put 3 scoops of firm, cold ice cream per person into chilled serving glasses, followed by around 3 tbsp of the hot fudge sauce, a generous blob of whipped cream, a sprinkling of chopped mixed nuts (if using) and a glacé cherry. Serve immediately.
EATING OUT | SPECIAL OFFER
50% off at Robun
To mark its first anniversary, Robun is inviting guests to enjoy 50% off the food bill throughout August.
Join the Robun team for a month-long celebration of authentic Japanese food and drink, in the heart of Bath.
Terms and conditions apply: Booking required by phone or email, quote 1bday50. Valid in August 2022 only; for up to 4 guests. Not valid after 6pm on Friday & Saturday. Offer available on a la carte menu only, drinks not included. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Plus: celebrate International Beer Day! 🍺
Grab yourself a bottle of Asahi at Robun for just £3.50 today (Friday 5 August) and celebrate #InternationalBeerDay with Robun!
Available from midday to 11pm on Friday 5 August only.
WEEKEND WINE | BRING ON THE BARGAINS
The Great Wine Co. Summer Sale Has Landed!
The biggest summer sale is now on – so you can enjoy enormous savings of up to 55%.
The Great Wine Co. is making space for new lines and vintages. There are inevitably some 'bin ends' or overstocks to clear, meaning there are amazing bargains to be had. But be quick; some of these deals won't last long!
With over 100 wines on sale, here’s a taster – click the button below to see all the sale wines in the cellar.
La Galinière Cabernet Sauvignon – Château du Donjon. Save £5.60
An intense, deep purple-red colour, with peppery, ripe fruit aromas, this is an excellent representation of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety. Was £11.10 | Now £5.50
Sauvignon Blanc Reserva – Tarapaca. Save £5.10
Great Sauvignon character from this fantastic expression of the varietal. The perfect balance of tomato leaf and elderflower notes with citrus, pineapple and white peach aromas. Was £11.10 | Now £6
Angels and Cowboys Rosé - Angels and Cowboys. Save £12.40
This Rosé is a classic 'Oeuil-de-Perdrix' ('partridge eye') style, meaning a delicate blush colour. It is lively with flavours and on the palate vibrant but silky and delicious. Was £23.50 | Now £11.10
Trasto Blanco Albarín – LaOsa Wines. Save £8
Extremely aromatic with feminine floral and citrus notes. The wine is weighty in the mouth with excellent structure and body a fresh, citrus acidity. Was £17.75 | Now £9.75
Rosé de Léoube X Chartwell – Château Leoube. Save £12.04
An elegant blend of grenache and cinsault finished with a touch of syrah and mourvedre. It is a very well balanced rosé marked by its freshness and sheer drinkability. Was £25.00 | Now £12.96
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru – Château Haut Peza. Save £9.50
This is a classic St Emilion, understated class, very drinkable, and from their very best Grand Cru grapes. Was £25 | Now £15.50
Want to get an even better bargain? Save 10% when you buy 12+ bottles. Sale ends 29 August 2022. Free delivery when you spend over £50 .
One of Bath’s original late-night bars, The Common Room has been an institution on the city’s party scene since the 1960s. These days, it’s open from 5pm, six days a week (and 10pm on Sunday) and the retro glam surroundings are infused with a tiki vibe. With a love for rum, you’ll find over 100 variations on the pirate’s tipple of choice, alongside a fully vegan cocktail list, an extensive spirits selection, draught beers, cider, fine wines and more. There’s DJ action at weekends, with regular music nights showcasing local up-and-coming bands.
This special collection of beautiful writing instruments pays homage to the film goddess in every detail; the cap and barrel are covered with a dark violet marbleised lacquer, noting Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary eyes, as well as her favourite colour and in contrast with the platinum-coated fittings.
The cap top is decorated with a Montblanc snow cap emblem while the cone is inspired by 1950s designs and follows her passion for jewellery by featuring a ring-shaped clip. A wonderful gift: truly iconic and highly collectable.
Shown here Left to Right: Fountain Pen (£895), Ballpoint Pen (£740), Rollerball Pen (£795).
Explore the full collection and the Montblanc pens at Mallory.
This fall, the CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio is taking its colour expertise to the next level by designing a collection of lip and nail colours that coordinate perfectly with the shades of ULTRA LE TEINT FLUIDE foundation.
An unprecedented collection that offers a flawless tone-on-tone look while also catering to those who desire bolder, more sophisticated makeup. The skin, lips, and nails offer harmony and contrast in a versatile colour palette: an invitation to create a look around the complexion.
Each shade comes in two different undertones to choose from, depending on the desired makeup effect. The golden shades envelop the lips and nails in a luminous glow, while the rosy shades provide freshness.
Blank Forms is a US nonprofit organisation and publisher supporting historically significant, experimental and, it has to be said, non-commercial music. Its eighth issue in an impressive series is focused on Jerry Hunt (1943-1993), a composer/performer/electronic pioneer and near shamanic figure who broke out of traditional instrumentation and static arrangements to build his own hybrid instruments, or ‘interrelated electronic, mechanic, and social sound-sight interactive transactional systems’ as he called them. He lived his entire and relatively short life in Texas. His career and work provide a fascinating read in this bookish volume, subtitled ‘Transmissions from the Pleroma’ | £18
FREE Family Trail at The Holburne Museum, through August
Explore the Holburne grounds and Sydney Gardens through David Hockney’s eyes.
Pick up a beautiful trail from outside the museum entrance | holburne.org
EXHIBITION | FOR THE LOVE OF COLOUR
Songs of Nature: Painting and Collage by Hiroko Sherwin, 44AD Artspace
Hiroko Sherwin used to watch rice paper being made by hand in Japan, where she grew up. Many of her works are painted on rice paper as well as on Western paper and canvas. She also makes collages by dyeing rice paper. While loving colour, Sherwin recently rediscovered the world of black and white, the Japanese legacy of sumi-ink painting on rice paper. Black has many shades while white is the ultimate colour, she explains.
This exhibition will take place at 44AD Artspace, 4 Abbey Street, Bath, from 9–21 August | 44ad.net | Featured image: Trees in Autumn by Hiroko Sherwin
SPORT | NEW SEASON
Live football on your doorstep this Saturday (6 August)
Any fans excited by the Lionesses' Euros victory on Sunday can have a quick chance to watch competitive football up close at Twerton Park the Saturday. Bath City FC get their new season underway at home against Dartford with kick-off at 3pm. Entry is only £14 advance when you buy online or £15 on the gate - and it's just £2 advance for kids!
Glassmaking is a wonderfully challenging experience – some might say life-changing.
Bath Aqua Glass offer a range of opportunities to enjoy the magic of molten glass: whether it’s blowing your breath into your own bauble (having chosen your preferred colours) or working on the hot floor with professional glass-blowers to design and make your own pieces. Group activities can be booked with the addition of refreshments for you and your friend’s birthday, and reunion and pre-wedding groups can gather round the making tables with prosecco and cupcakes to craft a mosaic heart hanging.
Phaedra and Minotaur, Ustinov Studio, 12 – 23 August
Following the success of Deborah Warner’s production of Phaedra and Minotaur at the Royal Opera House in 2020, music director Richard Hetherington and Olivier award nominee Christine Rice will re-imagine the piece in a piano version, specially developed for the intimate spaces of the Ustinov Studio.
'Shades of Green', The Royal United Hospital, Bath, extended until 8 August
Shades of Green at the Royal United Hospital, curated by Sandra Higgins, has been extended until 8 August. Visitors, staff and patients have all remarked how the artwork gracing the walls of the main corridor lifts everyone’s spirits. The show is open from 8am–8pm daily, and all works are available to purchase, with a percentage of sales going to ‘Art at the Heart’: the charity which supports the hospital with an art and design programme to stimulate healing and wellbeing and create an uplifting environment. Contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a time for a guided curatorial tour.
This week’s archive photo shows one of Bath’s most famous lost pubs, the Beehive on Belvedere. It opened in the early 1830s and, when an inventory of the premises was made in 1897, it consisted of two bars, a smoking room, a brewery in the yard at the back as well as ‘a wall used as a urinal’. This photograph, taken in April 1909, is thought to show the landlord, Ernest Nudds, leaning on the railings at the front. A guide to Bath pubs published in 1976 described the Beehive as ‘one of those traditional working class pubs, full of flat cap characters that middle class sociologists love so much’. It was one of Bath’s last cider houses and the locals had their own mugs hanging above the bar.
Three years later, Courage Brewery tried to close it down, and a campaign was launched to save it. The licensee, Eric Kesterton, said that ‘public opinion requires it to remain as a pub. This is the last pub of its kind in Bath, a true cider house, which plays its part as a tourist attraction. The Beehive is one of the most famous pubs in England.’ Bath students organised a boycott of Courage pubs, over 2,000 people signed a petition and on 2 May, the council rejected the brewery’s application to turn it into a shop.
Last orders were eventually called, however, in 2001, only for the Beehive to reopen as the Grappa Bar a year later. When that eventually closed, a pop up bar called Culture and Cure took it over for a while in 2014, but today the building has become a holiday let.
Mayor of Bath cuts ribbon at Grand Opening of Information Suite
The Mayor of Bath recently attended the Grand Opening of the Information Suite of Midford Manor: a new luxury care home from Hallmark Care Homes, due to open in early 2023.
Midford Manor is one of Hallmark’s most exceptional care homes, perfectly situated on the outskirts of Bath where it will become home for 80 residents. The luxury feel of the care home is matched by the Hallmark team’s excellence in care, provided by professional and passionate teams who respect residents’ preferences and support their independence. Providing peace of mind knowing that high-quality residential, nursing and dementia care support is there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, should care be required now, or in the future.
The Information Suite from Hallmark is now open at Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ.
Bath Rugby are throwing it right back with the launch of its Bath Rugby Retro Collection – as modelled by former club captain Dan Lyle and family.
Joined by current wing Gabriel Hamer-Webb whilst visiting Farleigh House, the European Cup winner donned shirts inspired by classics from years gone by which are now available for purchase in both men’s, women’s and junior sizes.
We all love a candle, especially one that can transport us to a moment in time. This candle sweeps you away to the hills of Provence on a warm day. The smell of the air is floral, the warmth of the golden sun wrapping itself around you like a hug, mixed with wild herbs and the heat of the earth. It's uplifting and brightening throughout the year | £20.50
Offered for sale by Wentworth estate agents in Bath
A beautifully presented Grade II listed barn conversion situated to the west of Bath in the desirable village of Kelston. This fabulous four bedroom family home offers approximately 2878 sq ft of flexible, spacious accommodation along with gardens, parking and breathtaking, far-reaching views.
Entering the property you are welcomed by a stunning, light and airy open plan living space with double height vaulted ceilings and stairs leading up to the first floor landing. There is also a family room situated to the right which is currently being used as a bedroom by the owners.
The open plan living space is set out into three defined areas all of which have underfloor heating. The kitchen has a sizeable island with space for seating at one end. On the island are a range of built in appliances along with a electric oven and hob, but opposite there’s an AGA.
Next to the kitchen is a utility room with access out to the side of the property. There is also a dining space positioned centrally with views out over the garden.
The sitting room is cosy and boasts a feature log burner. Double doors lead through to the single storey accommodation to the right hand side of the property.
There are two versatile rooms which could be used as bedrooms if needed. There is also a bathroom with a fitted suite, plus access out to the side of the property from the hallway and to the garden via the study.
On the first floor are two further double bedrooms. The principle bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with far reaching views to the south. There is a walk in wardrobe that flows round to a fabulous en-suite. The second bedroom is again a fantastic size with southerly views and ample storage space. Stairs lead up to a sleek en-suite bathroom.
The property benefits from an extensive driveway parking, There are electric gates which take you along a drive to the rear lower garden; mainly laid to lawn, the gardens are bound by walls, hedging and trees as well as fencing and, to the back of the house, is a good size patio area. On the lower part of the garden is a garden store, a garden office and a lovely gym with spectacular views. Offers in excess of £1,400,000